Yes, Jaso is in the lineup today

After two days of talking about getting John Jaso in the lineup against a left-handed pitcher, Eric Wedge finally delivered with Thursday’s batting order against the Royals’ Will Smith.

Jaso, who his hitting just .048 (1-for-21) against lefties, will start at catcher in today’s 11:10 a.m. PT game at Kauffman Stadium.

It’s going to be heated in Kansas City, where the temperature is expected to be 105 degrees at midday. Of course, it was 103 degrees at first pitch last night at 7:10 p.m. and still 94 degrees when I headed out of the park about midnight last night .But the direct sun figures to be pretty hot for the early afternoon game and we’ll see how much it affects the starting pitchers.

For the Mariners, that will be Felix Hernandez, looking to piggyback off his last outing, a three-hit, 12-strikeout, no-walk gem against the Rangers.

The Royals counter with Smith, a 23-year-old rookie left-hander who was just recalled from Triple-A Omaha. Smith went 1-2 with a 9.00 ERA in three starts with K.C. earlier in the year.

One other interesting Mariners note this morning. While you were sleeping, the Tacoma Rainiers were pulling off a 2-1 victory over Sacramento in 18 innings. Infielder Scott Savastano finally finished off the 5-hour, 32-minute marathon with a home run in the bottom of the 18th. But the best part? Savastano also was the winning pitcher after throwing a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the 18th.

Danny Hultzen pitched well for the first six innings in his best start yet in Triple-A, Stephen Pryor threw a scoreless inning of relief, David Pauley threw 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball and Mike Carp was 2-for-4 with a double.

Here’s today’s Mariners lineup as Seattle closes out its four-game series in K.C. before heading to Tampa Bay.

Dustin Ackley 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Casper Wells LF
Jesus Montero DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Justin Smoak 1B
John Jaso C
Michael Saunders CF
Brendan Ryan SS

Felix Hernandez RHP

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